Clicking With Your Characters

There’s something important for me about having a ‘click’ or a ‘story’ about my characters. I can’t just have ‘my Ranger,’ for example, without a connection. I can think of Terrentius Tryanel’s personality and backstory very easily, which makes me want to keep him. I have an emotional connection. I think of him, and his self-sacrificing nature comes to mind. I think of his bear, Illaido (who I rarely run unless I’m RPing), who is some kind of ancient spirit, trying to watch over Tyria through this Ranger, completely clueless to why this bear is so intelligent.

My first Thief (who was my first character) was deleted at 80 with full exotics. Why? Because I didn’t have a ‘click’ with him. Heck, I barely remember his name. Nowadays I have Markk Shadowclaw, a former Assassin with an elite group that simply call themselves “the Organization”–cheesiness intended. He’s a bit of an ass (I can’t think of any better way to describe him) and his looks were based off of my old dog, Edmund. The best part is that he looks over my wife’s character, an Elementalist Asura named Glorra, and sees her like a little sister (and she’s one of the few in the world he cares about). Markk frequently uses the line “I’ve cut people for less.” So he’s not exactly friendly, but I love him. This Thief, I can play because there’s a ‘click.’

So here’s where this post is headed: Griffyn Whitethorn. After rolling several Necromancers, I finally managed to connect with him. Maybe not so much in playstyle (and I’ll ask you all for help there later), but in character. I had an idea and made him very child-like and naive. The whole notion behind him was that he didn’t remember the Dream at all, making him clueless like the Firstborn originally were. He traveled with my wife’s Guardian, Ameera, and learned a lot about the world. Extremely naive, he only survives because of the immense power he has. This power was once augmented when he entered the Mad King’s Realm by himself and managed to walk through some trialing fires that reborn him into something even greater (yay Total Makeover Kits). Today, Griffyn has progressively grown into something tremendously powerful on in Tyria.

Still, Griffyn has a wonderfully childish side. He adores children, and will often be found in Divinity’s Reach, playing ball with the kids along the street. Many adults are wary, but children see his kind and innocent spirit.

And here’s where that development ended for me. It takes a lot to keep me engaged with my characters, I must admit. They need to have progressive development or else I fall out of love with them. So Griffyn will be taking a bit of a new route somehow with his new-found powers that have grown as of late, and is stepping into being a much more mature character than he was before. I’m not sure what this looks like, but with a few transmutation charges, I began the journey.

Griffyn has gone from this…


…to THIS!


There’s something to be said about a change in your character. It refreshes and renews them. It makes them something new. Perhaps I’ll write a little roleplaying section one day of my characters, but for now, I leave you with two questions I’d love to hear from you on!

1) Do you ever need to ‘click’ with your character, even if you don’t RP them?

2) What’s the most important thing for you to like a character you create?


Beautiful You, and You, and You

So one of my favourite things about Guild Wars 2 is the aesthetic part. When people put a little bit of effort into how they look, I rarely find two people that look the same. Sure, you’ll find similarities if people use lots of temple armour, or if people are using ascended gear (and why not, since you took all that time to make it), but most of the time I find that each character is very unique. Throw in a Total Makeover Kit (or even a Self-Style Hair Kit) and you end up being one-of-a-kind. I mean, of course if you’re an Asura I can’t help you, as you all look the same. (KA-BRAHAM!)

I want to take you along a quick little journey of some beautiful photos I’ve captured of some beautiful people I’ve seen in-game. The first is a little afk friend from the Edge of the Mists. It was a beautiful day (I mean, it’s ALWAYS daytime in EotM, but whatever) and we saw this cutesie little Asura girl from Badlands (we were Frostreach at the time). We could have killed her and were ready for it, but she just stood there and was obviously afk. Frankly, I see no honour in killing someone who’s afk, so we sat down by her and decided to make friends. All was peaceful and wonderful until a zerg of Overgrowth came and slaughtered the three of us. Our beautiful friendship came to an end, but we would always remember our little cutie pie alien-looking girl-thing. (Although I was pretty sure I saw Esfir, on the left, licking her lips…)

EotM Friend

So next up on the list is me showing off my wonderful Markk Shadowclaw in PvP. I was in the Battle of Kyhlo and figured I’d take a brief break (actually, I was scouting too many thieves out thieves out there that were stealth-based in their build) and see who was where, doing what. I’m pretty pleased at how I did his look. He’s a terrifying killer but don’t worry–deep down he has a heart of at least bronze…maybe silver…Markk PvP Clocktower

Then we have our little magical lady of death. I saw her in the Heart of the Mists and felt pretty convinced that I didn’t want to meet her in a dark alley. I’m not sure what exactly it was, but she was absolutely stunning!
Creepy Asura

Now this one is a personal picture of my wife (Briony, on the left), myself (the watchwork knight), a guildie named Scarlet, and my Mini Armoured Scarlet! We were doing guild missions and had three guilds joining us in it for the puzzle in Snowden Drifts! I figured that we should show off “our stuff.”Scarlet Frenzy

Now here is one that I saw last night. I have to admit, I rather detest the Zodiac Armour, but this Sylvari pulled together an amazing look that made him both magical and majestic! Throw in that Light of Dwayna and he looks a little righteous and angelic! I was impressed.Sylvari Zodiac

Now this guy blew me away with his colours. I can’t remember them exactly, but it was a set of Enameled Dye mixed with some Shiver Dyes. I couldn’t help but stop and take a picture of how amazing he looked. In my mind, this is the type of character that reminds me of Golbez from Final Fantasy IV, for some reason. Or I could just be crazy.Beautiful Armour

Finally, there’s my return to my old outfit. After running that Ascended Gear mixed with Banded and a Berserker’s Helmet, I’ve returned to my Phalanx (hey, I paid real cash for it, and I remember staring for months at the armour). I even put on my Tybalt Backpack after running my Tempered Spinal Blades for a while there.Asmund AC PoseUltimately, the best part of Guild Wars 2 is the aesthetics. You can grow and change your character, and really make them more unique than any game that I’ve played up to this point. Perhaps it’s a big draw to me, as if there’s anything in a game that pulls me in, it’s my love for improving and changing how my character looks. It’s refreshing, renewing, and exciting for me!

Feel free to post links to your favourite outfits you’ve seen people put together in the comments below!


When I Step Through the Wardrobe

One of the biggest things that ArenaNet pushes in Guild Wars 2 is their aesthetics. With the new wardrobe coming out today, we’re going to be seeing a whole new level of skins being mixed and mashed together! Imagine, being able to preview everything you’ve unlocked so you can make the most beautiful (or terrifying) character in all of Tyria! This will open up a whole new level of identity for your characters as you strive to make them more and more unique (especially for us RPers).

Over the past while, I’ve been collecting pictures of some people that stood out to me. Sure, you might think it creepy to take pictures of strangers, but I don’t think it’s creepy when they’re Tyrians (there has to be some law about F12-ing people and being able to distribute it or something). 😉

In my excitement for the wardrobe to be released (my favourite thing coming in the feature patch), I wanted to show a few designs that really stood out to me. I’m a huge fan of aesthetics, so this will be a whole new level of excitement, and I can’t wait to walk through Vigil’s Keep (or any other major city) to see what comes up next:

Arah gone wild. Frankly, I'd hate to meet this guy in a dark alley in DR.

Arah gone wild. Frankly, I’d hate to meet this guy in a dark alley in DR.

Ahh, the great Arah skin. Yes, it’s pretty standard and a full set, but it’s still rather unnerving (as he stands in the old Bank of Lion’s Arch… *sniff sniff*). I can’t say I’ve ever felt compelled to get this armour, but it’s very unique and very details–something that definitely works for a lot of people! Of course, it’s going to freak me out to see Lv.5’s with full Arah skins. What a nightmare Tyria will become!

Beautiful Asura Twins

Beautiful Asura Twins

Since we’re talking about Arah skins, I encountered these twin Asura recently. They took the very creepy and twisted skin and made it into something beautiful. Two little angels that made me smile (sure, that’s pretty easy to do, but these two are awesome). The weird thing was that I saw another one (with a different name) that looked very similar to this a few weeks earlier. Maybe the Asura started cloning each other? That’d explain why they all look the same to a Norn.

I'm not sure if he's a captain or what, but he's pretty fearsome.

I’m not sure if he’s a captain or what, but he’s pretty fearsome.

This Charr caught my eye with his ascended gear. I have to admit, I think ascended gear is ridiculously ugly (ever. last. piece), but he managed to pull it off. I’m guessing it’s because of his fur pattern, but I was impressed! Throwing in the eye patch and we have a Charr that looks like some very intense (and very rich) pirate. Good job!!

Beautiful, enticing, yet slightly disturbing. One of the most eye-catching Sylvari I've seen.

Beautiful, enticing, yet slightly disturbing. One of the most eye-catching Sylvari I’ve seen.

Next is one of my favourites. There was something about the texture of her skin that worked extremely well with the colour she chose for her outfit. I found her slightly disturbing, but in a good way. I walked by, came back, and couldn’t resist taking a picture of her. In my eyes, she’s one of the most beautiful and enticing Sylvari I’ve seen. Perhaps this is what Lyssa would look like, were she a Sylvari?

If he were Norn-Crying, he'd be the Incredible Sulk!

If he were Norn-Crying, he’d be the Incredible Sulk!

Last, but not least, is this Hulk that impressed me so much, I couldn’t tell if a Guild Wars 2 avatar was cosplaying! Definitely a humorous take on a character. I’d love to see some more Avengers done!! (<– Kudos to Reddit user, Dylanjosh for making these!)


I’d love to see some of your creations! If you want to share, post links to your pictures in the comments!

Journal Entry: Victory!

As a warning, if you have not faced Scarlet Briar and finished the Living Story, this post will contain spoilers. 

By the spirits, we did it! An entire army of heroes banded together (and praise Wolf for that), fought their way into the center of Scarlet’s evil plan… then we did it. It was cold and empty in that room, perhaps much like that salad-faced witch’s mind. Yet I was fortunate enough to be able to bring my war buddy, Tiny Hero (some call her Ameera Rayne, but I figure that’s just an insult to someone of her caliber). The entire base shook as Scarlet threw grenades at us and attempted to push us back, but to no avail. It was too late. My legend would not be cut short by some villainous Sylvari who was a a few leaves short of an appetizer. Of course, that didn’t stop me. Nothing could stop me. Nothing will stop me from defending the people I love.

"Finish Her!"

So I did it. I killed Scarlet.

I thought we had finished. Tyria was saved, the darkness had been lifted, and the world could begin joining together once again to rebuild what had been taken from us–I was wrong.

She did something. This… this drill… it did something. There was a flash; a bang; an explosion of light that blasted through the ground and followed these strange lines of magic that run through Tyria (or so the Durmand Priory tell me). It was followed by a brief, chilling silence, and was met by a piercing roar that resonated through the world.

We had not finished our war. No, Tyria is going to change from whatever made that nightmarish sound. I would never admit this to anyone (especially the Tiny Hero), but part of me fears that we may not be strong enough to beat what is yet to come…

Oh who am I kidding? We will rage war; we will face our fears; we killed an Elder Dragon, and we will kill anything else that tries to kill us. I am strong. I am mighty. I am Asmund Leifsting, slayer of dragons and Hero of Lion’s Arch. I am the Guardian of Tyria. I am the explorer of magics long forgotten.

I am… The Traveller of Tyria.

A march for the memory of a defeated villain.

A march for the memory of a defeated villain.

Confession: They Called Me Crazy

Ok, so it may be a little crazy to admit. I have a confession. I mean, it was a problem. Maybe more than a problem. They all said I was out of my mind. They said they’ve never done it before. They said I wasted my time and energy, all for nothing. Were they right? Was it possible that I royally screwed things up? They left me thinking, “what’s wrong with me?”

I have to confess to every single one of you. I’ve done the nastiest thing a person could ever do in an MMO… I deleted a fully geared out 80.

He was my first character. I had no clue what I was doing. I rolled a Charr Thief, made him huge, and thought it was hilarious. I was just excited to see Tyria for the first time, and I did. He had full exotics. He was a 400 Jeweller. He had finished the (the Trahearne Story) Personal Story. Yet I deleted him. Heck, I still haven’t used the Pact Victory Token from completing the game!

Wraxis was his name. So much time and effort was put into him. You’d think I’d miss him, but I don’t. I’m not sure if the Thief is a profession that doesn’t fit with me, or if I just had no clue what I was doing. Level 80 is always a game-changer, and I found no lasting love for the Thief; I found no lasting love for Wraxis Shadestorm. Maybe I didn’t have a deep enough connection for this character I created. I mean, that’s really important (as I mentioned in Something Old, Something New). Maybe my altoholism caught up with me, as I only had 5 slots at the time? Maybe I hit a point in my life where I just needed to do something drastic in order to cope?

Wraxis Cropped

Wraxis Shadestorm, Deceased.

This was probably the most extreme thing I’ve ever done in a game. My Sylvari Elementalist, Lefraeyn Whitethorn? Naw. She’s a love who I even got a commission done of her by comic artist and illustrator, Ember Cescon. Asmund Leifsting, my Norn Guardian? Nope. He’s the center of all that I love in GW2 (ok, so my wife talked me into getting that Total Makeover Kit instead of giving him the Norn-sized boot). So what was it? I might not really know today when I look back, but whatever it was, I guess Wraxis just didn’t cut it.

So I deleted him.

Have you ever done something crazy in a game that’s made everyone think you’re insane? I’d love to hear your experiences (and hopefully I’ll realize I’m not as insane as everyone thinks).